1966 AUSTIN MINI COOPER S MK. I
Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 176
Year : 1966
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : manual
RHD
Registration No. : HCR 735D
Chassis No. : CA2S7-892249
Engine No. : 9FSAY42137
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
 

 

Designed by Alex Issigonis in 1959, a new concept in car design
was born.  With a monocoque shell, transversely mounted engine
and front wheel drive, the new 'Mini', as it was commonly known,
soon became popular across a broad spectrum of the
population.  Introduced in February 1964, the 1275 Mini Cooper
S, with its torquey engine, has long been seen as the ultimate 'S'
and is currently still the most sought after version for most
buyers and owners. Visually the same as the 1071cc 'S', the 1275cc
was fitted with hydrolastic suspension along with the rest of the
Mini range in late 1964. From early 1966, the extra fuel tank and
oil cooler became standard items. The 1275cc 'S' then remained in
production pretty much unchanged until September 1967 when the Mk.
II version was launched.

Originally delivered to Carey & Lambert, Southampton, this
Mk. I version came from the factory with the welcome addition of a
fresh air heater, twin fuel tanks, 4½ wheel rims and an oil
cooler. It was acquired by the vendor in 2014 from a provincial
auction house in Dorset in a lamentable condition but with just two
former keepers. Over the next two years, a full nut & bolt
restoration took place with no quarter overlooked.  The shell
was stripped and re-painted in the original Old English White by
classic specialists, Paint Dynamix who also took care of the, now
red, interior. Any new parts or panels were sourced from specialist
suppliers. 

It now represents a stunning example of this now extremely rare
Cooper S; many have been raced and rallied but this is as near to
original as possible. The only nod to modern driving is the
addition of Minilite alloy wheels, although the originals are
available if required. Forming part of a respected private
collection, it has covered just 50 miles since its restoration and
comes fully serviced and complete with a full MoT test certificate,
large history file and British Motor Industry Heritage Trust
Certificate. 

Correct Cooper S's are increasingly hard to find these days and
one in standard specification in this condition is a rare find
indeed. As collectable as their period Ferrari cousins, the Cooper
S is a 'must have' in any serious collection.
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170